The Mosaic Center of Lufkin received the Community Motivator Award from Governor Rick Perry and the OneStar Foundation in Austin on June 4. This ministry was launched to serve area women in need of a second chance. An army of 260 volunteers provides skills required to help women in need break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency as they work to better their ways of life. Kitty Bounds, Executive Director/Site Coordinator, told me people and churches have pledged per month to help support the Mosaic Center in their month-to-month expenses. Sunday School classes pledge money to help the women at the center. There have been 48 graduate since May 2004 when they started mentoring and it is an ongoing thing. The Denman families have given the Mosaic Center their home on First Street, and plans are to move in August into the larger facility, which will require more money. Many of these women are referred by the courts or by agencies. This month, community service adults and teens helped provide the labor at the new location to clean up things. One of the class of six graduates told them after graduation, "I thought all you ladies were faking it and wondered how long you could keep being so nice? Then, I found out that you were all truly happy and I wanted to be happy too." The mission of the Mosaic Center is " Understanding God's unconditional love for all. The Mosaic Center will exhibit an example of God's love by providing life skills, job training skills, Bible study, Christian counseling and opportunities for spiritual growth to those in need, while partnering with a Christian mentor to lead and encourage self-sufficiency." Margaret and Lawrence Purke's son, Jason Purke, is marrying Marie Carrier, daughter of Gene and Claire Carrier on July 12 at First Baptist Church. The reception will be at The Lodge. Jason has been in Corrigan coaching football, basketball and track, plus teaching Intro to Physics to freshmen for two years. Marie works for Temple-Inland in Diboll. I thought the other Purke's son Matthew was a senior at Klein High School, but he will be a senior in the fall. He pitches in the Klein baseball program and is looking at different colleges. He will give a verbal commitment in October. Dorothy and Tom Owen's son, Tommy Owen, is overseas at the University City in Doha, Qatar. He is in Human Resources for Texas A&M which has an engineering branch there. This is an outpost school, and a campus has been built for students in the Middle East to study medicine, international affairs, science, fine arts and engineering. Tommy will be there two to three years. Each division has a separate college on the campus. Nancy and Leon Manning had grandchildren, William, Eliza and John Kirk for the weekend while their parents Amy and Brett attended a wedding. Nancy has some hand-painted note cards for sale that she personalizes. Rachel Summy celebrated her 92nd birthday in Richardson with daughter Louise and Durwood Pickle and family at the home of Steve Lake. Also, there were Judi and Tom Martin and their family. The theme was Hawaiian around the pool. Steve Lake and family will move to Searcy, Ark., where he will be a recruiter for Harding University, his alma mater. The Girl Scout Troop 1321 met on Emerald Bay on Lake Palestine at the home of Jim and Janet Taylor Chase for a weekend of reminiscing. The scouts graduated from LHS in 1975 and their junior year went to Hawaii. Those making the week end trip were: Janet Taylor Chase, Sharon Kimmey Beckham, Jennifer Holmes Haar, Sharon Brock Metteauer, Beth Blackstock Brown, Laurie Saunders Brown, Julie Jumper Morris, Jule Tatum Fenley, Carol McCurry Sinclair, Pam Hughes Fitzgerald, Holly Perkins Meyers and their leaders Katherine Saunders, Ann McCurry and Barbara Holmes. Not able to attend were Dana Windsor Helton, Theresa Starrett Fain and Missy Bolt Bantz. Dolly Hudgins took a group called Friends Traveling to Canada. Stops were in Vancouver, Victoria, aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train to Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and home from Calgary. Those in the group on the Collette Tour were: Shirlene Hill, May Ellen Alday, Elaine and Ron Jackson, Pat Slaughter, Margaret Love Smith, from Huntsville, Martha and Ray Carswell, Elizabeth Kelley and Imogene Ramos. Sally Mosely hosted a surprise birthday party for Elsie Simpson on May 28. Those attending were: Uschi Granberry, a friend from Tyler, Elsie's daughter Janet Procter from Tyler, Naomi Knight, Nelda Sprull, Martha Carswell, Mary Lynn Neal, Tony Brown, Tara Mosley, Jean Jayroe and Barbara Pulaski. Elsie's birthday was celebrated all-month long - friends took her lunch or dinner several times during the month of May. We all know how old she is, too. Sally and Tara Mosely flew to Chicago on May 30th for Sally's granddaughter Lindsay Ann's high school graduation. She is the daughter of Bert and Tracey Mosely. Bert took them downtown and toured all around on Saturday. The area around Lake Michigan was so beautiful. Bert and his family live in a suburb of Chicago named Arlington Heights. The graduation was June 1 at the football stadium from noon till 2:30 - it was so hot they all turned red - not the cool weather we were expecting as the week before it had been 39 degrees one morning! Martha and John Bates had grandson Hayden visiting for the week to attend golf and tennis camp at Crown Colony Country Club. Hayden, 9 years old, is a clone of his dad Kenneth. Jenny just gave birth to him. Granddaughter Campbell was attending Princess Camp the same week at their church in Round Rock. In town for Father's Day with John and Martha were Kenneth and Jenny Bates. Rebecca McIlveene, daughter of Delise and Scott McIlveene, is engaged to Hall Henderson, son of Brigettee and Trey Henderson. Hall surprised her with the ring before a surprise birthday party for Rebecca on June 6 at the Henderson's Lake House at Ewing. They have dated for five years. Rebecca is in summer school at SFA and will graduate in December. She will student teach in Lewisville ISD in the fall. Hall is in the Master's program at Texas A&M University and working toward his degree in Real Estate and Economic Development and will graduate in May. At the present, he is interning under Troy Maxwell, son of Louise and Harold Maxwell, at WoodCreek Development Co. in Katy. WoodCreek Reserve will be a complete community like the Woodlands. Lufkin Panther season football tickets go on sale for renewals from July 28 to August 1 from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the LISD Transportation building. Renewal notices will be mailed July 17. If you do not receive a notice, maybe your address is incorrect. The remaining season tickets will be made available after swap days. New ticket sale dates are August 11-15. New sections are being opened up so there will be people swapping for better seats. Mark you calendar to be sure that you renew or get season tickets to see our mighty Lufkin Panthers, who are ranked high again this year in the state. Thomas Moore's LHS Class of 1956 will have a 70th birthday party for the class on November 1 at the Rock House at Chambers Park. They are working on addresses now for a mailout to the class. Chambers Rock House will bring back memories for classmates who had their birthday parties there. Jordan Flournoy, son of Barb and Tom Flournoy, was in Phoenix in training with the Alliance Defense Fund before heading for London. He was checking his email at the hotel lobby computer and Shaquille O'Neal was at the other computer next to him. Also, Ann Coulter and Muhammad Ali were sighted at the same hotel. Barb and Tom took Jordan on a vacation to the hill country where he and Tom fished and hiked before leaving for the summer Blackstone Fellowship. A friend of theirs has a fabulous ranch right on the Pedernales River, so it was fun to see and visit there. It's amazing how the afternoon breeze on a hilltop in the hill country can make one forget it is summer in Texas. They visited Nicole and Chris Ellis and family on the way home. Martha and Ray Carswell enjoyed Catfish Junction in Broaddus on Hwy 147 with family Jon and Jill Carswell with Emma and Abby, Janie and Buck Hines, Bobby Hines with Hunter and Holly and Jennifer and Glenn Burchard with Kimmie and Courtney from Palestine. Catfish Junction has reopened since it burned under new ownership. Jeanetta Stewart attended the graduation of her granddaughter Allie Smith, daughter of Terri and Neal Smith, from the International Baccalaureate Program at John Tyler High School on June 7 at the Oil Palace in Tyler. Allie graduated with honors and will attend the University of North Texas majoring (for now) in creative writing, French and art. She won a medal in a state competition with her sculpture. Also attending graduation were Allie's sister Hannah (who is a sophomore at Robert E. Lee in Tyler), Jana Scharnberg and her daughter Sarah. Upon entering North Texas, Allie will have accumulated 40 hours of college credit from this advanced program at John Tyler High School. Verna Griffith celebrated her 80th birthday with a party hosted by her children at the Museum of . Her birthday was June 11, and the children felt that "she was worth a party". Host and hostesses were: George and Cindy Griffith, Jimmy and Connie Griffith, Jana and Tony Sanders, Jennie and Rick Freeman. Verna has 14 grandchildren and 12 were able to attend. She has 13 great-grandchildren and all but one came. The granddaughters all helped with the party. The family contributed to the party by Connie making the cake, Jana decorating and the flowers and Jennie baking the food. They prepared a book for Verna with pictures and letters to her. Barbara Long called that she remembered playing at the Old Walker House when she was young. She played with Jean Walker, Jeanne and Helen Agan Rhodes, who lived on Harmony Hill. Guess I brought back memories. Ragan Rhodes, daughter of David and Karen Rhodes of Fort Worth and granddaughter of Helen and Bob Rhodes, sang at the wedding of Anne Castleberry and Tyler McCarty. Ragan and Anne have been lifelong friends through Cooper and David. Emily Oncken, daughter of Jane Rhodes and granddaughter of Helen and Bob Rhodes, will attend Texas Christian University in the fall. Burtley Hicks and Jane Johnson have started a new business called Refinements. They will come to your home and use your accessories and furniture and give you a new look. Ernest, Mary Margaret Stevens and I went to the Angelina County Airport to try the "Best Hamburgers" and they truly were. Cordelia Gardner waited on us. Other cooks were Martha Tubbs and Johnnie Wells. We saw manager Randy Carswell flagging in an airplane and Sidney Gardner putting fuel in the plane. We went about 11 a.m. and it was not crowded. By 11:30 a.m. it was filling up fast. Bob and Tony Brown go out there often and went on Saturday for breakfast but could not eat due to the Fly In. We saw the marker that Joe C. Denman, Jr. placed in honor and memory of his World War II buddies. He flew a Corsair – F4U navy plane in the Naval Air Group 153BF. There is a miniature of the Corsair F4U that is above it. Brandy's Junior and Women's Apparel owned by Brandy Nair will move to Gaslight Shopping Center in the space that was once Blackstock's. Look for the opening after July 1. Jean Dillahunty went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for tests on her heart. She was impressed with the clinic and doctors. Oscar Dillahunty took it all in and was a good "nurse." Mary and Gerald Goodwin vacationed in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, Tenn. with Robin and Joe Collmorgen with Julia and Helena, Wendy and Sanjay Mathur with Thaxton and Mira and Mary's nieces, Veta Redmond and Randa Langerund and their families. They went to Dollywood, river rafting and visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Joel and Margaret Dillahunty, with Marie and Richard Gill, went to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev., where Joel was stationed during his military tour. They saw the Thunder Birds, Grand Canyon, went to the Las Vegas Speedway and enjoyed the scenery along Route 66 to Laughlin, Nev. Joel had perfect pictures of the Grand Canyon and he gave me one to have framed. Randy and April Green were in Bangkok, Thailand for 10 days. They went for their nephew's graduation from high school. Randy's brother is moving to Jakarta, Indonesia where he will be CEO of Chevron Indo-Asia. While in Thailand they saw the Grand Palace, Teak Palace, Jim Thompson's House and museum, Ayuthaya (ancient capital in the 4th century with the Buddhist Temple ruins) and rode an elephant. Randy said the food was great and they had lunch in the Oriental Hotel where Ernest Hemmingway wrote his books. They took a klong tour, which was by canal to see the city. The nephew will attend SMU in the fall. Ed Dominque, now retired from his orthopedic practice, had surgery on his neck and has recovered. Daughters Susan Bell from Lorena and Laurie Lester from Sugarland were in visiting Ed and Annette the end of May. John Billingsley, son of Cay and Tom Billingsley, and his fiancée Antoinette Vega were honored with a party at the home of Debra and Steve Moore. Others hosts were Marianna and Rufus Duncan, Carlyn and Duncan Garner, Mary Carol and Arlin Grimes, Lisa and Wayne Haglund, Ginna and Ernest Hudgens, Shelly and Ron Hufford, Ellen and Ryan Sorrell, Debbie and Reggie Squyres, Donna and Dave Stewart, Harriet and David Tamminga, Gail and Harry Wallace and Mary Jane and Jim West. The wedding is set for August 9 in Fort Worth. John graduated from TCU in 2003 and received his Master's degree in accounting in 2004. He is a CPA employed in Dallas. Antoinette graduated from TCU and is in public relations. John Haney had a blocked artery and angioplasty was performed to put in a stint. It was successful, but after three days at home he had some complications and had to return to the hospital for eight days in ICU. The artery they used had opened and was bleeding into his leg. They closed it and now he is doing much better. Carolyn is helping him gain his strength so he can cook for her. Mary Martha and Sharon Henderson were in Sarasota, Fla. when Dalton Canon Burroughs was born Monday, June 9. He weighed 9 pounds and was 22 inches long. His parents are Ashley and Peter Burroughs and his big brother is two-year-old Grant. Katie Naranjo, daughter of Neal and Mary Ann Naranjo, was introduced to politics by her grandmother Stella Frances Naranjo when Katie was 10 years old. They were at the courthouse when Jim McReynolds was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. That started her romance with politics, which she is continuing today. Katie is raising money to become the President of the College Democrats of America, which is an official college outreach arm of the Democratic National Committee. Currently there are 2,192 campus chapters with over 75,000 members. Katie has endorsements from 28 states. Her vice-presidential running mate is Alex Scheirenbeck from Iowa. Their convention will be prior to the Democratic Convention, which will be August 24-29. We are anxious to see this positive young lady succeed to this high-ranking position. At the fundraiser at the Castle, Jim Wark, county chair for Angelina County Democratic Party, State Rep. Jim McReynolds and Royce Garrett told of their work experiences with her. Katie has served as Director of Programs with the College Democrats of America, where she lobbied for a cap on college tuition. She was a winner of Annie's List and received the Champion Award for women's causes. With an internship in Washington, D.C. through the Archer Program from the University of Texas, she was one of 20 selected to go and she worked with U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett. Her path is headed toward a political career. Check out her Web site at: www.katienaranjo.com. Janice Ann Rowe can be reached at roweja@suddenlink.net.